K-9 officers outfitted with extra protection

Police-Dog Most police departments consider their K-9 police dogs real police officers. In Joplin, now the dogs are going to dress like it. ​The department this week will unveil new protective vests for its five K-9 officers. K9’s Gunner, Takoa, Belgon, Scout, and Pax are the designated recipients of the vest awards which were made possible through a donation by a local couple, who wish to remain anonymous. The couple stated that they care about animals and want the K9’s to have the best possible protection while on the job. They made this donation in the memory of K9 Cezar, who was killed in 2007 while pursuing a robbery suspect. The suspect turned on K9 Cezar and fired one round striking K9 Cezar in the head. K9 Cezar was transported to a local veterinarian, but later died. The vests are custom fit and made to order and will protect the K9s from bullet and stab wounds. The vets were also made possible by the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. It’s an all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, MA. Its mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 400 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since its inception in August of 2009. Copyright Schurz Communications 2014 Source: http://www.kspr.com/news/local/k9-officers-outfitted-with-extra-protection/21051620_25348854